Ramesh Shivakumaran – Sharjah Container Terminal
When Maritime Heritage Partners with Global Ambitions
Gulftainer in UAE
Founded in 1976 to manage and operate two ports in the Emirate of Sharjah, Gulftainer is now the largest private independent container terminal operator in the world, with a strong global presence and business interests in East Europe, South America, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.
We believe in the power of partnerships and have developed strong ties with global shipping lines that value high productivity and service flexibility. Best-in-class port operations wouldn’t be complete without a world-class third-party logistics provider. And that’s why we launched Momentum in 2008 to deliver cost-effective supply chain solutions from transportation and freight forwarding to warehousing and logistics cities. After more than 35 years, we have grown from strength to strength to become a globally competitive port operator and third party logistics provider.
The Emirate of Sharjah has always had a long history of maritime trade, with a shoreline on both the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. To build on this legacy and create a company with global ambitions, we opened the Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT) 37 years ago. SCT the first purpose built and fully equipped modern container terminal in the Middle East, it had just one berth and only around twenty men. Since then, SCT has grown significantly and today can boast three berths, five cranes and other supporting handling equipment operated by over 300 operators – a few having been part of the original team from 1976!
The Terminal utilises modern machinery to provide the most efficient turnaround possible for vessels and also offers tailor-made solutions for port users. With excellent productivity levels and online offerings for customs facilitation, SCT also boasts plenty of space and inland access to its own inland depot for warehousing and cargo handling.
SCT handles containers on behalf of over 40 shipping lines, including all of the world’s top 20 companies. Major shipping lines calling at SCT include American President Lines (APL), Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Maersk Line, MAG Container lines, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Fruitex International Shipping, Yang Ming Line, Ethiopian Shipping Line and Star Feeders, as well as other regular operators.
Partnering Shipping Lines with Integrated Services
What We Offer
Throughout the terminal’s history, Gulftainer has continued to improve and develop the port to serve Sharjah, Dubai and the other Northern Emirates with our hallmark efficiency and productivity. With direct links throughout the Gulf, the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa, Sharjah Container Terminal is an ideal gateway for shipping lines to import and export cargo. This terminal is supported by Momentum - our complete third party logistics provider (3PL), which offers clients a comprehensive range of integrated logistics services, including transportation, freight forwarding, warehousing, logistics cities, container repair services and contract logistics.
Key Benefits of Partnering with SCT
• Saved time with faster turnaround for vessels and equipment
• Fully computerised warehousing and distribution centre
• Customs, health and inspection formalities on site
• Direct berth access, flexible berthing
• Vast yard and terminal space
• 3PL services provided by Momentum
• Trained staff, experienced management, first-class security
• State-of-the-art port management system